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Lana Del Rey — Born to Die
Album: Born to Die
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6.7

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Total ratings: 947









Released: 2010
Length: 4:42
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Feet don't fail me now
Take me to the finish line
All my heart, it breaks every step that I take
But I'm hoping that the gates,
They'll tell me that you're mine
Walking through the city streets
Is it by mistake or design?
I feel so alone on a Friday night
Can you make it feel like home, if I tell you you're mine
It's like I told you honey

Don't make me sad, don't make me cry
Sometimes love's not enough when the road gets tough
I don't know why
Keep making me laugh,
Let's say goodbye
Road's long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime

Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane
Choose your last words
This is the last time
'Cause you and I, we were born to die

Lost but now I am found
I can see but once I was blind
I was so confused as a little child
Tried to take what I could get
Scared that I couldn't find
All the answers, honey

Don't make me sad, don't make me cry
Sometimes love's not enough when the road gets tough
I don't know why
Keep making me laugh,

Let's say goodbye
Road's long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime

Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane
Choose your last words,
This is the last time
'Cause you and I
We were born to die
We were born to die
We were born to die

Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane

Don't make me sad, don't make me cry
Sometimes love's not enough when the road gets tough
I don't know why
Keep making me laugh,
Let's say goodbye
Road's long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime

Come and take a walk on the wild side
Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain
You like your girls insane
Choose your last words
This is the last time
Cause You and I
We were born to die
We were born to die
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 europlatus wrote:


I prefer to judge the music on its own merit, rather than delving into the personal backgrounds of the artists. There usually be dragons when you start digging (see Beck). 
Yep, too right. Same thing with Dido.

I like it and I like the variety we get on RP. 
 Dorchie wrote:
Really don't like this - Looked her up and saw her father is a dot.com millionaire - Daddy bought his little girl the best producers and publicists and that probably explains why the music sits so badly with me.. but a lot of people I know enjoy this so she's clearly doing something right!
 
 

I prefer to judge the music on its own merit, rather than delving into the personal backgrounds of the artists. There usually be dragons when you start digging (see Beck). 
Too bad she had cancelled the tour to Israel
need to play more lana d. r.
 LizK wrote:

Bill;s dog woofed up  this morning.  I'd rather hear the dog than Lana.

 
Ditto. This isn't singing, it isn't reciting. I don't know what this is.
 and me as well..has a sixties groove - growl   Beaker wrote:
Me likey this voice.  Very interesting.

 



Bill;s dog woofed up  this morning.  I'd rather hear the dog than Lana.
BillG's dog doesn't like Lana Del Rey any more than I do. Woof.
 mrtuba9 wrote:
Bill & Rebecca's dog is heard from!!!

 
Still listened LOL
hadn't heard this before & was reading thro the comments while the song was playing, thinking 'whats all this stuff about a dog'?
if you're doing the same, i can say - it'll all become blindingly obvious after the song finishes, so just wait for it & it'll all become crystal clear.
And if you're anything like me, it'll make you laugh too  . .
cheers!
Why, every time I press the PSD button, it plays Dire Straits or Led Zeppelin?
 Huey wrote:

Yeah...nice touch.

 
"The Thomas Kincaid of chanteuses"...Bill's words, not mine. 

And yes, that golden retriever gave full voice to his disapproval again. 

So the question remains: why is RP playing this woman if the owner/dj is so underwhelmed by LDR? 
 Dorchie wrote:
Really don't like this - Looked her up and saw her father is a dot.com millionaire - Daddy bought his little girl the best producers and publicists and that probably explains why the music sits so badly with me.. but a lot of people I know enjoy this so she's clearly doing something right!
 

  
I have to wonder whether "a lot of people" enjoy Lana merely because she's been placed in front of them, like Zima. Slate reveals the horror, the horror of our bandwagoning: 
But virtually overnight, Zima was done in by its medicinal taste and girly-man rep: After selling an astounding 1.3 million barrels in 1994, the year it went national, Zima's sales fell to just 403,000 barrels in 1996.
....

The ads offered no inkling of what Zima was supposed to be, exactly, but the mystery obviously intrigued the masses: In 1994, Coors estimated that 70 percent of America's regular drinkers gave Zima a try.

Unfortunately for Coors, most of those drinkers tried it only once, since straight Zima tasted like tinfoil soaked in Fresca. 


Really don't like this - Looked her up and saw her father is a dot.com millionaire - Daddy bought his little girl the best producers and publicists and that probably explains why the music sits so badly with me.. but a lot of people I know enjoy this so she's clearly doing something right!
 
 mrtuba9 wrote:
Bill & Rebecca's dog is heard from!!!

 
Yeah...nice touch.
Bill & Rebecca's dog is heard from!!!

I realize this is musical fluff...doesn't stop me from liking it though.


love it.....
Utterly generic. Although coming hard on the heels of Bjork, that's not all bad.
Why do I like this?
nooooooo
PSD {#Yes}
My teenage daughter's favorite musical artist and I like this song.
I was just thinking why she gets sooo much flack.  It's like, what if Lindsay Lohan sang....
Perfect, she gets me in a perfect state of mind the more I listen to her.
Seen her live in Düsseldorf Germany, and she is a sweet girl as well.
Seems her voice follows the music in a slow mystical way, mmm.
 lshinkawa wrote:
I don't know why I like this.

 
It grows on you the more you listen....
 snitramc wrote:
She's the Thomas Kinkade of chanteuses.
 
1st Prize for Best Comment. 

Beautiful woman, somewhat interesting voice that could get better with training. But the lyrics, the overblown arrangement, the whole marketing of Lana—someone needs to fire the committee that foisted all of this on us. 
So this is Lana Del Rey? Huh, for some reason I thought she'd be taller.
How about something more refreshing?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhQXE09Y-Hg
Just give her a fair shake, people.   Give her a chance.   This chick has talent.  Not great talent, granted.  But talent, nonetheless.

 
 
(no, I don't mean literally grabbing her by the shoulders and shaking the crap out of her, though I think that is what most would like to do)   
There's a new star!
LOVE this song. In fact, I love the whole album. It wasn't love at first hear, though. It was a slow growing love. Another awesome track on the album is "Radio" (number 9, I believe). Would love to hear that on RP!
This is not a really bad song compared to 90% of what I heard on the radio when the lads came to build my fireplace....well...what I heard on the radio when the lads came to build my fireplace was 8 hours a day of exactly the same pop crap, so....damning with faint praise? I didn't want to, really.
Well, at least she can admit that she wasn't born to sing!
So was everyone else, Lana.  Your point is....?
 I agree. 
 siandbeth wrote:
so, is a "—" lower than a "1"? if so, that's what I'd like
 


I don't know why I like this.
Her voice is like nutella for my ears ♡
 snitramc wrote:
She's the Thomas Kinkade of chanteuses.
 
She hasn't been around long enough to reach that level.  Mariah Carey or Celine Dion are more likely recipients of such an honor.
so, is a "—" lower than a "1"? if so, that's what I'd like
Well, she has this 'thing' about her with that vocal. Quite compelling.
The message ... could be a little more upbeat (!)
I'm in love I'm afraid.
 zair99 wrote:
For some reason I find her voice strangely mesmerizing, although she really does sound like Lili von Shtupp. {#Lol}
 


Wow. That hit me hard and I to leave desk for uncontrolled laughter...still miss Ms. Kahn...
Not sure why you are all so negative.

She has a cool voice and her own genre thing going.

Me likes! 
 RoaldSchuring wrote:
why does she always sound so apathetic? really dont think this should be playing on RP
 
Good point.
Thank the lord for the PSD button and Otis Redding!
 zair99 wrote:
For some reason I find her voice strangely mesmerizing, although she really does sound like Lili von Shtupp. {#Lol}
 
Agreed, but Darling Lili had more musical cojones. M.K. RIP.
For some reason I find her voice strangely mesmerizing, although she really does sound like Lili von Shtupp. {#Lol}
why does she always sound so apathetic? really dont think this should be playing on RP
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:

I'd agree. So close, but not quite. her voice is in the uncanny valley.
 
This comment gets my nomination for "best of the thread"
It needs more cowbell!!
 kcar wrote:

Yes! Reminds me of Madeline Kahn's Lili von Shtupp in "Blazing Saddles":

singing> Here I stand, the goddess of desire
Set men on fire
I have this power.

Morning, noon, and night, it's dwink and dancing
Some quick womancing
And then a shower.

Stage door Johnnies constantly suwwound me
They always hound me, with one wequest.
Who can satisfy their lustful habits?
I'm not a wabbit.

I need some we... 

<Takes a breath
... est. 

Madeline Kahn in  
"I'm sick and tired of love...from below and above..." 
 
that's where i got my rp name...i just spell it differently. madeline was my favorite.
i'm so taaahhrd.
That makes two of us. Wowsers. Hubba hubba.
Lizzy Grant and I are related: my grandmother was a member of the Grant Clan.


 
hippiechick wrote:
Bill sure digs this chick
 

Fake
Bill sure digs this chick
 snitramc wrote:
She's the Thomas Kinkade of chanteuses.
 
Ouch!
BillG must really like this song, it seems like it's always playing. 
 daudivp wrote:
It sounds to me like a fake and mediocre Marlène Dietrich !!!
 
It's twuh! It's twuh!

Reminds me of Madeline Kahn's Lili von Shtupp in "Blazing Saddles":

singing> Here I stand, the goddess of desire
Set men on fire
I have this power.

Morning, noon, and night, it's dwink and dancing
Some quick womancing
And then a shower.

Stage door Johnnies constantly suwwound me
They always hound me, with one wequest.
Who can satisfy their lustful habits?
I'm not a wabbit.

I need some we... 
<Takes a breath
... est. 

Madeline Kahn in  
"I'm sick and tired of love...from below and above..." 
 jukes1 wrote:
I don't like that I like this.
 

I like that you like this. I like that I like it.
I don't like that I like this.
 handyrae wrote:

I'd say that she almost has it. To my ears, there's a little something missing. 
 
I'd agree. So close, but not quite. her voice is in the uncanny valley.
 snitramc wrote:
She's the Thomas Kinkade of chanteuses.
 
brutal
 foothillfreak wrote:
More Goofy Bird noise!
 
 
or should I say, "more UFO noise, I just can't get enough of that UFO noise!"
 DigitalJer wrote:
She just has 'it'.
 
I'd say that she almost has it. To my ears, there's a little something missing. 
More Goofy Bird noise!
 
She just has 'it'.
She's the Thomas Kinkade of chanteuses.
It sounds to me like a fake and mediocre Marlène Dietrich !!!
 petesoper wrote:
One could make a Wikipedia article about this piece in the form of a catalog of cliches. And I still think that UFO in the background ought to either land or take it's best shot.

 
Had a completely delayed reaction to this comment.  When I read it last night, I thought, "oh, there must be a flying saucer in the background on the album cover" and never bothered to actually look.

Then, while sitting at a stop light today and listening to the song (which I do like, actually) it totally hit me and I started giggling in my car.  Yes, I am slow, and unashamed.

But, thought I would share.  Thanks for the chuckle. 
Aw crap. I was hoping Bill wouldn't "discover" LDR. She's been overplayed everywhere else and I just don't think she's that talented or original.

This song, for example, is derivative as hell. The lyrics are made up from phrases from other songs: feet don't fail me now, take a walk on the wild side, let me kiss you in the pouring rain, I can see but once I was blind. And, I'm pretty sure the melody of the chorus is straight from something by A Fine Frenzy.
 kremfresch wrote:
This one sounds just like the other one.  and JUST every bit as uninspiring and, uh... boring.  Anybody that give THIS "vanilla blues" a good rating and trashed Steely Dan should just go away now, with your head held low in shame.  Shame.
 
Yeah. Thisounds very manufactured...paint by numbers...Lana's more interesting when she putsome passion in her voice, but the world-weary melancholy feels like an act. 

I know some of you don't want to read negative comments on RP but really: where else can you debate the merits of an artist or song with such an eclectic, informed group? It should be OK to write about your dislikes as long as you have something intelligent and non-abusive to say. 

Steely Dan used to make me grit my teeth, kremfresch, but now I love 'em. Dunno when or where or how that happened. 


 toomanyollys wrote:

I was about to say the same thing! I much prefer her voice to Adele's - I'm afraid I can't bear any of the current crop of female singers who sing so loudly their voices constantly break and squeak.
 
Undersinging is equally irksome.
This one sounds just like the other one.  and JUST every bit as uninspiring and, uh... boring.  Anybody that give THIS "vanilla blues" a good rating and trashed Steely Dan should just go away now, with your head held low in shame.  Shame.
I don't get this Lana Del Rey thing — do I need to listen to the words to find some value here for me?   She sure doesn't sound like any sort of extraordinary talent to mee.
Yes, she's a very good singer.  Yes, the songs are well written for the most part.  Yes, she has taken way too many Valium and has the emotional content of a comatose seal.  
 zitherica wrote:

fredriley wrote:
The sound, look and hairstyle are awfully reminiscent of Adele, and I did think this was Adele until I looked at the playlist. No criticism, just observation. Lana del Rey may, or may not, be hyped, but she can sing well. 7 from the Adele-fancying Nottingham jury.
 
OK, i am trying to understand this... to me she does not sound nor look at all like Adele... not even close. Are our eyes and ears that different?
 
I was about to say the same thing! I much prefer her voice to Adele's - I'm afraid I can't bear any of the current crop of female singers who sing so loudly their voices constantly break and squeak.



fredriley wrote:
The sound, look and hairstyle are awfully reminiscent of Adele, and I did think this was Adele until I looked at the playlist. No criticism, just observation. Lana del Rey may, or may not, be hyped, but she can sing well. 7 from the Adele-fancying Nottingham jury.
 
OK, i am trying to understand this... to me she does not sound nor look at all like Adele... not even close. Are our eyes and ears that different?
The sound, look and hairstyle are awfully reminiscent of Adele, and I did think this was Adele until I looked at the playlist. No criticism, just observation. Lana del Rey may, or may not, be hyped, but she can sing well. 7 from the Adele-fancying Nottingham jury.
Whats that awful smell?? Oh yeah this song!!!!{#Stop}
Inspired by Mazzy Star respectively Hope Sandoval? I like it!
Most of the negative comments are just predictable backlash, not based on the merits of the music
Velveeta Del Rey...perfect!
 
Gregorama wrote:
Bland as Velveeta.
 


Ha! Indeed! Aim well alien visitors!

 
petesoper wrote:
One could make a Wikipedia article about this piece in the form of a catalog of cliches. And I still think that UFO in the background ought to either land or take it's best shot.
 


 Gregorama wrote:
Bland as Velveeta.
 
 Gregorama wrote:
Bland as Velveeta.
  
brought to you from the department of redundancy department. . . 
 
Bland as Velveeta.
Really atmospheric and cool. Kinda depressing but rather introspective. Yep.{#Angel}
One could make a Wikipedia article about this piece in the form of a catalog of cliches. And I still think that UFO in the background ought to either land or take it's best shot.

 tomatoslayer wrote:
 iTuner wrote:
Pretty cool tune. Thought it was Ane Brun singing.
a quick you tube search finds this song (well, video really, it's not much of a song) with 19,460,408 hits.  Whereas Ane Brun's Do you remeber (which completely eclipses this snoozer) has a fraction of that. WTF.  And, sorry, there is no similarity to Ane Brun.
  
Lana Del Rey has the Industry Machine working for her. Her success is guaranteed, regardless of music quality (which, incidentally, I don't think is terrible)


I love her voice.  She reminds me a lot of Paula Frazer/Tarnation


awesome tune
Please play video games and blue jeans
"Video Games" is the song I like very much.

 iTuner wrote:
Pretty cool tune. Thought it was Ane Brun singing.
a quick you tube search finds this song (well, video really, it's not much of a song) with 19,460,408 hits.  Whereas Ane Brun's Do you remeber (which completely eclipses this snoozer) has a fraction of that. WTF.  And, sorry, there is no similarity to Ane Brun.

 reggiepdavison wrote:
Please do.
 
Awesome.

Uh, this was meant as a reference to the song lyrics, nothing about the artist when I said:

"Definitely born to die if a flying saucer is hovering with obvious noises in the background."

But the background "stuff" on this piece seem ridiculous.

This is the first time I've heard her sing after hearing so much about her, not bad.

 Elroweho wrote:

Saw her SNL appearance also. Lets just say it was just awful! I thought maybe it was me and my wife that thought it was horrible, but then the next day I saw many similar opinions on the internet. How the hell did she get a record deal? Wait! I don't want to know!{#Stupid}
 
Daddy has lots of cash and connections.
What next? Karaoke records?
She has the stage presence of a corpse.

That performance proved the zombie uprising has begun. Stock food, water and ammo. 

 
Synth80s wrote:
Just saw her on SNL — it was really comical in parts, though I'm sure that's not what she intended. Some of the new crop of singers try so hard to sound different that they veer into the realm of animal noises. This recording is fairly tame by comparison.
 


 iTuner wrote:
Let the haters hate, I like LDR.
 



My exact thought. Forget the hype or non hype or whatever. Just enjoy the song. Or turn it down if it ain't working for you.
Play more - video games and blue jeans
Let the haters hate, I like LDR.
 Synth80s wrote:
Just saw her on SNL — it was really comical in parts, though I'm sure that's not what she intended. Some of the new crop of singers try so hard to sound different that they veer into the realm of animal noises. This recording is fairly tame by comparison.
 
Saw her SNL appearance also. Lets just say it was just awful! I thought maybe it was me and my wife that thought it was horrible, but then the next day I saw many similar opinions on the internet. How the hell did she get a record deal? Wait! I don't want to know!{#Stupid}
She's made some odd choices lately, but a very talented singer nonetheless. I enjoy her pre-name-and-face-change Lizzy Grant stuff
What a dreck-fest....
Please do.
 xtalman wrote:
Not a whole lot emotion behind it.  I guess autotune is every bodies friend.  Not great just sort of there.
 
I don't think she's going for much emotion here, especially given the song title.  Not an outstanding tune, but not bad either.  I don't detect much auto-tune - at least not used to accentuate any high notes or sustains - since doesn't seem to be much of those in this song.

What a strange choice to pick someone with such a weak voice to sing on an obviously manufactured song.

Almost as bad as James Blunt (but at least he can sing).

Just saw her on SNL — it was really comical in parts, though I'm sure that's not what she intended. Some of the new crop of singers try so hard to sound different that they veer into the realm of animal noises. This recording is fairly tame by comparison.
kinda spooky!
{#Neutral}

...kind of manufactured, yes?..
Not a whole lot emotion behind it.  I guess autotune is every bodies friend.  Not great just sort of there.
anyone getting a Madmen vibe from this?
 
I missed it.  It's about time. 
waitaminute: this gets in but "Video Games" is rejected? Really?
Pretty cool tune. Thought it was Ane Brun singing.
Absolutely fantastic track! I do so love her voice